The adenoids are glands that are located above the tonsils at the back of the nasal passage. These glands are important for preventing infections and serve as part of the immune system, fighting off bacteria and viruses. Enlarged adenoids can cause nasal or airway obstruction, making it difficult to breathe. This condition generally affects children, which can cause a wide range of health issues. At Julie Zweig, MD Integrative Sleep & ENT, we offer adenoid removal with adenoidectomy at our facility in Alpharetta, GA.
Adenoids develop to protect young children from infection. In most cases, these glands begin to shrink around ages 5-7, becoming almost invisible. Some children are born with larger adenoids, while others may have adenoids that become inflamed due to exposure to excess viruses, bacteria, smoke and other factors. If the adenoids are too large, they can cause nasal congestion, chronic ear infections, sleep apnea and other health conditions in children.
Adenoid Gland Removal
Most adenoidectomy procedures are performed in children before the age of seven. When medications and other conservative treatments are not effective, surgical removal of the adenoid glands may be recommended. This surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure. The patient is put under general anesthesia, and the glands are removed using the least invasive options available. Patients can return home and are expected to recover quickly from their procedure. Some throat discomfort is to be expected, but normal activities can be resumed shortly after the surgery.
Removing the adenoids can benefit children that have been experiencing frequent ear or throat infections. While it should not be performed unless necessary, there is no indication that children who have adenoidectomies are more susceptible to infections or immune system problems.
Dr. Julie Zweig is a double board-certified ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist. Her holistic approach has made her one of the top-rated ENT specialists in the Atlanta area and throughout the southern states. If your child or family member needs an adenoidectomy, contact our team at Julie Zweig, MD Integrative Sleep & ENT. We can schedule a consultation with Dr. Zweig to discuss adenoid removal surgery.